- Driven by power outages and savings, towns look to microgrid Updated: Feb-07-16 10:26 am
ALBANY, New York - An upstate New York town that repeatedly found itself without power for days during a string of storms is planning a dramatic step by pulling its municipal buildings entirely off the electric grid.
- Gone in 10 seconds: Smokestacks at SC power plant imploded Updated: Feb-07-16 9:55 am
CONWAY, South Carolina - If they were making a movie of the event, they might call it "Gone In 10 Seconds."
- Costs of closing, cleaning toxic coal ash pits grows clearer Updated: Feb-07-16 9:44 am
EDEN, North Carolina - Giant earthmoving machines beep and grind as they drop 17-ton scoops of coal ash and dirt into dozens of railroad cars lined up for two-thirds of a mile at a site along the Virginia-North Carolina border, where the country's largest electricity company was responsible for one of the worst spills of the toxic, liquefied waste in U.S. history.
- Massachusetts plan could spur hydro imports to New England Updated: Feb-07-16 9:08 am
BOSTON - Tapping into Canadian hydropower is hardly a new concept in energy-starved New England. But Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker's proposal to authorize long-term contracts between utilities and hydropower producers is being viewed in some quarters as a potential game-changer for the region.
- Mormon church comes out against Utah medical marijuana bill Updated: Feb-06-16 11:11 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - The Mormon church has come out against a Utah bill that would allow the medical use of edible pot products, a position that could be a serious blow to one of two medical marijuana proposals before state lawmakers.
- Radioactive material found in groundwater below nuke plant Updated: Feb-06-16 7:18 pm
BUCHANAN, New York - An apparent overflow at a nuclear power plant north of New York City spilled highly radioactive water into an underground monitoring well, but nuclear regulators said the public isn't at risk.
- Study to look at effects of Iowa sand mine expansion Updated: Feb-06-16 6:00 pm
GUTTENBERG, Iowa - Clayton County officials have commissioned a study to determine the environmental and aesthetic effects of a proposed expansion of a northeast Iowa silica sand mine.
- Uptick in quakes could prompt action from Oklahoma lawmakers Updated: Feb-06-16 5:45 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - The power and frequency of earthquakes in Oklahoma have been increasing, but the Legislature has done little to try to curb the temblors that scientists have linked to the underground disposal of oil and gas drilling wastewater.
- Sierra Club campaign targets southern Indiana power plant Updated: Feb-06-16 2:02 pm
ROCKPORT, Indiana - The Sierra Club is targeting a southern Indiana power plant in its campaign to close aging, coal-fired stations.
- Washington puts a price on closing oldest Colstrip units Updated: Feb-06-16 1:16 pm
BILLINGS, Montana - Shutting down and cleaning up the two oldest units at the Colstrip power plant in southeast Montana would cost $130 million to $200 million, according to the Washington utility that owns most of the plant.
- US Sen. Markey faults feds on natural gas export decision Updated: Feb-06-16 12:01 pm
BOSTON - U.S. Sen. Edward Markey says a decision by the federal Department of Energy to allow the export of nearly a billion cubic feet a day of natural gas out of New England is misguided.
- 2 dead, 1 badly hurt in explosion at Spanish biodiesel plant Updated: Feb-06-16 11:43 am
MADRID - An explosion at a biodiesel plant has killed two workers and left one survivor seriously injured, Spanish emergency services said Saturday.
- GOP-led Congress unlikely to OK Obama's new clean energy bid Updated: Feb-06-16 7:52 am
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama said Saturday that he will ask the Republican-led Congress to double spending on research and development into clean energy by 2020. But the request is unlikely to be fulfilled.
- As fix nears for gas leak, residents worry about return home Updated: Feb-05-16 7:45 pm
LOS ANGELES - With a possible end in sight to a massive 15-week gas leak, anxious residents displaced from a Los Angeles neighborhood are skeptical a fix is near and worry they may be forced to return too soon to unhealthy homes.
- Stocks lose more ground as jobs report disappoints Updated: Feb-05-16 7:19 pm
NEW YORK - Stocks posted steep losses Friday, ending the week with broad declines, as investors fretted over a report showing that U.S. job creation slowed last month.
- US rig count drops 48 this week to 571; Texas down 19 Updated: Feb-05-16 3:46 pm
HOUSTON - Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by 48 this week to 571.
- Energy loans likely to cause further losses for big banks Updated: Feb-05-16 12:52 pm
NEW YORK - The nation's six largest banks have hit an oil slick.
- Bid to ship oil to Central Coast refinery by train opposed Updated: Feb-05-16 11:12 am
SAN LUIS OBISPO, California - A proposal to ship oil to a Central Coast refinery by rail has drawn vocal opposition.
- US exports fell in 2015 for first time since recession Updated: Feb-05-16 9:30 am
WASHINGTON - The U.S. trade deficit rose in December as American exports fell for a third straight month, reflecting the pressures of a stronger dollar and spreading global weakness. Those factors contributed to the first annual drop in U.S. export sales since the Great Recession shrank global trade six years ago.
- Friday's jobs report could ease US recession fears. Or not. Updated: Feb-05-16 3:46 am
WASHINGTON - U.S. manufacturing is shrinking, corporate profits are declining and goods are piling up on warehouse shelves. Those trends have elevated concern that a U.S. recession may loom in the next year or two.
- Proposed $3.2B Sabal Trail pipeline approved by feds Updated: Feb-05-16 3:02 am
GAINESVILLE, Florida - A proposed $3.2 billion natural gas pipeline has been approved by federal energy regulators.
- First research links California quakes to oil operations Updated: Feb-04-16 11:35 pm
SAN FRANCISCO - A 2005 spate of quakes in California's Central Valley almost certainly was triggered by oilfield injection underground, a study published Thursday said in the first such link in California between oil and gas operations and earthquakes.
- Panel OKs second Utah medical marijuana plan of the day Updated: Feb-04-16 9:30 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - A panel of Utah lawmakers approved a bill that would allow tens of thousands of residents with chronic or debilitating conditions to consume edible pot products but bans smoking pot.
- New streetcar at heart of NYC mayor's State of City speech Updated: Feb-04-16 9:17 pm
NEW YORK - Mayor Bill de Blasio, beginning his third year in office with middling poll numbers and stubborn political problems, delivered his annual State of the City address Thursday night, highlighting the steps his administration has taken to make the city safer and more equitable.
- The Latest: Lawmakers OK medical marijuana plan Updated: Feb-04-16 8:32 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - The Latest on two competing programs Utah lawmakers are considering to allow people to use marijuana for medical reasons. (all times local):